This Friday, the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion completed the first official sod of the ground and started construction work on the new fire station in the Harwood-de Lotbinière sector. The project was valued at nearly $15 million and received funding of $4.5 million from the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
In addition to the few members of the municipal administration, the general staff of the Vaudreuil-Dorion fire brigade was present, as were the members of parliament from Vaudreuil and Soulanges, Marie-Claude Nichols and Marilyne Picard.
The new barracks will have an area of approximately 1,900 m2, divided over two levels. On the ground floor there will be a garage space with doors, a cloakroom, four offices, a training and emergency room and storage areas. The second floor will include a multipurpose room, two dormitories, a dining area, a rest room and a kitchen, in addition to a terrace. The barracks will also be the Service’s second emergency center.
“The fire station in Lotbinière, built in 1966, no longer meets the needs of our fire service. I would like to thank the Government of Quebec for its significant financial contribution to the construction of this new building, which will become the second most important fire station to cover the urban area of Vaudreuil-Dorion, housing firefighters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 7. The site will also serve the Municipality of Pointe-des-Cascades. This major investment also sends a concrete signal about the importance that the city council attaches to the revitalization of the Harwood-de Lotbinière sector, where the citizen is central.”underlined the mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Guy Pilon.
Since the fire safety service of the municipality of Pointe-des-Cascades is now provided by the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion, this project is also that of the municipality.
“The RECIM (Programme Réfection et construction des infrastructures municipales) grant from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing encouraged the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion and the municipality of Pointe-des-Cascades to work together towards a win-win inter-municipal agreement : the city of Vaudreuil-Dorion has been able to receive a major grant for the construction of its new fire station near our municipality. Pointe-des-Cascades can now rely on a full-time fire brigade at the fire station to respond quickly to emergency calls, any time of the day or night.” said Peter Zyntynsky, mayor of Pointe-des-Cascades.
Every year, the Vaudreuil-Dorion fire brigade answers 1,800 calls, including those for first responders. In addition to protecting the territory of Vaudreuil-Dorionais, it serves the municipalities of Pointe-des-Cascades, Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac and L’Île-Cadieux.
“This refurbishment was necessary to replace the old barracks which dated back to the 1960s and no longer met our current and future needs. It will enable us to comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Public Security and the new risk coverage plan of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulges,” said Terry Rousseau, director of the Vaudreuil-Dorion fire brigade.
Invited to speak on behalf of her colleague, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest, MNA for Soulanges, Marilyne Picard said she is happy to contribute to the project. “Once again, the Quebec government reaffirms its desire to improve the quality of the living environment in our regions. As a Member of Parliament and as a citizen, I know how much difference these investments make for municipalities. I am delighted that we are helping the people of Vaudreuil-Dorion and Pointe-des-Cascades to provide a modern and safe fire station that meets their needs and that will also provide an optimal and safe working environment for the security personnel. † †
The commissioning of the new infrastructure is planned for the summer of 2023.